Sachin Tendulkar: A master at home and away

Sachin Tendulkar’s exploits away from home bear testament to his greatness Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

 

A wise man adapts himself to circumstances as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it – Anonymous

 

If one is to substitute the phrase “wise man” with the words “good batsman”, the quotation would continue to make sense. Adaptability and success in different conditions is the hallmark of a great batsman. To write ones name in history, a batsman has to adjust and advance in conditions that put him out of his comfort zone.

 

Sachin Tendulkar s exploits away from home bear testament to his greatness. Be it the 17-year old who scored a brilliant 119 not out against England at Manchester to save the Test match; or the senior pro who battled his way to 146 against a formidable South African attack in 2011, Tendulkar has always been exemplary in his approach when India have ventured on foreign soil.

 

Let us have a look at his record in games where he has scored hundred, in both Tests and ODIs, and narrow it down to home and away numbers:

 

Tests:

M

Runs

Avge

Highest

Overall

51

7435

212.42

248*

Home

22

3190

187.64

217

Away

29

4245

235.83

248*

 

 

ODIs:

M

Runs

Avge

Highest

Overall

49

6122

180.05

200*

Home

20

2539

169.26

200*

Away

12

1464

183.00

163*

Neutral

17

2119

192.63

152

More than the ODI numbers, the 29 Test hundreds on foreign soil illustrate his remarkable 22 year long journey across the globe. Early in his career, even as his teammates struggled to come to terms with alien conditions, Tendulkar stood out with his exceptional batting. As India transformed into a competitive team away from home, he continued with his prolific ways and remained a vital cog in India s batting line-up.

 

(Nishad Pai Vaidya, a 21-year-old law student, is a club and college-level cricketer. His teachers always complain, “He knows the stats and facts of cricket more than the subjects we teach him.”)

 

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